Allamakee Co. Man Facing Murder Charges, Accused of Killing Girlfriend

ALLAMAKEE COUNTY, Iowa — Allamakee County authorities filed murder charges on Sunday against a man who allegedly shot his girlfriend late Saturday night.

The shooting took place at a rural home at 292 Watson Road in Allamakee County. The victim was Angela Gabel, 40. Authorities charged her boyfriend Christopher Thompson, 33, with first-degree murder.

The shooting took place just before midnight Saturday in an isolated area, near the border with Clayton County. In fact, the first 911 call went to Clayton County and the nearby town of Monona.

Authorities says Gable was at home with her boyfriend, Thompson, and the couples' eight-month-old child. Upon arriving on the scene, officers found Gabel in the driver's seat of a vehicle parked at the residence. She appeared to have a gunshot wound to the head and was dead when officers arrived.
Thompson came out of the home holding the infant, a short standoff ensued, but Thompson surrendered peacefully to Allamakee County deputies who also took the infant. The infant was unharmed and released to family members.

Investigators aren't saying exactly what happened, but characterized the case as a domestic problem that turned deadly.

Nearby neighbors say they knew little about the family that had rented the isolated farm house for two or three years. They also said they had never observed any indications of domestic problems. Neighbors also believe two older children of Gabel's were living in the home but were apparently not there at the time of the shooting.

Thompson made an initial appearance on the first degree murder charge on Sunday in Allamakee County court. He was ordered jailed without bond.

Allamakee County authorities say there have been three homicides in the county in the last 20 years, the most recent occurred in 2000 in Postville.
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